Category Archives: sustainability

Seeing my Hawaiʻi through her eyes

I sometimes take living in Paradise for granted, and it takes a guest to help me appreciate it. I recently hosted a fellow beachcombing friend, visiting Hawaiʻi for the first time. She was happy to experience the authentic Big Island … Continue reading

Posted in friends, Honoka'a, Kawaihae, Macadamia Nuts, Small town life, thifting - thrift stores, Things to do on the Big Island, yoga | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Living like a local in Canterbury, UK (and finding Greyfriars Gardens)

I’ve been in Canterbury almost two weeks and I can definitely see myself coming back. I love this historic city of pilgrims. The days are mostly sunny and the temperatures are perfect. We had a tremendous thunder storm last night, … Continue reading

Posted in enjoying other cultures, learnng new things, self care, thifting - thrift stores, Travel | Tagged , , , , | 6 Comments

Confessions of an omnivore

After writing my post last week about the Big Island cowboy culture, some people questioned my statement about mostly giving up beef. Why, they asked. Part of the answer lies in a couple of videos I saw years ago, “Forks … Continue reading

Posted in eating right, German and Czech heritage, Hawaii cowboy country, Hawaii ranching, roosters and hens in Hawaii, sustainability | Tagged , , | 9 Comments

I want to be a pin-up girl

A friend of mine doesn’t approve of the new 2016 Honoka‘a Girls Pin Up Calendar. It’s a sweet calendar of eight local Honoka‘a gals in classic 1950s travel-poster style clothes and poses, the brainchild of local business women, Sarah Anderson, … Continue reading

Posted in asking the Universe, Honoka'a, Positive Thinking/Choose Your Attitude, Small town life, thifting - thrift stores | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

Traditions and Family Values

One of the best things about our homegrown festivals is the opportunity to learn more about the local history. This week is Peace Week and the Honoka‘a People’s Theatre will be presenting Traditions and Family Values, a film with snippets … Continue reading

Posted in Hamakua, Hawaii ranching, Hawaii's melting pot - ethnic groups, Hawaiian history, Holidays and festivals, Honoring tradition, life choices, Plantation era, sustainability | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Hāmākua Harvest – One Man’s Vision

I was introduced to Michael Gibson within six months of living here. He was speaking at a Third Thursday Thrive gathering about his vision for a community-based Farmer’s Market that would celebrate the Hāmākua Coast’s rich agricultural heritage. But this … Continue reading

Posted in Chants and blessings, Hamakua, Hawaiian bounty, Honoka'a, island culture, Plantation era, Prayer - Pule, sustainability | Tagged , , | 6 Comments

Thrift-shopping for a Saloon Girl costume

Two years ago I promised myself that I would someday enter the Saloon Girl Contest for Honoka‘a’s Western Week. I already had the boots. Cowgirl boots are very important for this contest and I found the perfect pair at St. … Continue reading

Posted in asking the Universe, Decide and take action, Hawaii cowboy country, Holidays and festivals, Honoka'a, Shopping In Hawaii, thifting - thrift stores | Tagged , , , , | 10 Comments